2017 NASCAR Mobil 1 Cup Series


The 2017 NASCAR Mobil 1 Cup Series season started on February 26th, 2017 at Daytona International Speedway and ended on October 21st, 2017 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. There were 28 races on the schedule, a downsize from the 36 races on the schedule as in years past. The Chase was also done away with, as the 2016 Sprint Cup Champion was Kasey Kahne, who had no wins, when the premise of the system was to promote winning.

Beginning in the 2017 season, NASCAR's top series went through a sponsorship change as Sprint, who had sponsored the series since 2004 (formerly NEXTEL) left. Mobil 1 expressed interest in taking over the name, and in July 2016, it was officially announced that Mobil 1 would become the next sponsor of the top series in NASCAR. The deal was worth $78 million and would last until the end of the 2030 season. NASCAR also annouced a major overhaul of the schedule. NASCAR bought Rockingham Speedway and North Wilkesboro Speedway and renovated them to modern NASCAR standards in terms of fan experience, track safety and media amenities. To the anticipation and joy of many fans, NASCAR gave each track one date each. They also added Iowa and Milwaukee on the schedule, and let go of Michigan and Kentucky. Another radical change to the schedule was the reduction of races from 36 to 28. NASCAR had been struggling to sell tickets and gain a major TV audience. FOX and NBC still broadcasted all of the races, FOX televising the first 15 races while NBC broadcasted the remaining 13 races.

While the future seemed bleak for NASCAR, this was part of a plan to make NASCAR bigger than ever. NASCAR President Mike Helton said, "We realize that these past 16-17 years haven't been so kind to us. We've lost sponsors, teams, fans, and we're upset. We need to get back to where we were. The 1980's and 1990's were a great time for the sport, and in our plan for the restoration of NASCAR becoming a worldwide brand of racing again, we need to return to what made us what we are". NASCAR Chairman Brian France reiterated, "We have tried so hard to become something we weren't. The Chase isn't NASCAR. NASCAR isn't the Chase. NASCAR is NASCAR, and what it was is what it always will be. We will become a brand of racing around the globe that people can enjoy. So taking these steps backward may actually be large steps forward in the future".

The points system also got a bit of a overhaul. In the past, all finishers would get points, regardless of position. They would change it to where only the top 10 of the 40 (no more 43 car field) would receive points.


1st : 50 pts.

2nd : 45 pts.

3rd : 40 pts.

4th : 35 pts.

5th : 30 pts.

6th : 25 pts.

7th : 20 pts.

8th : 15 pts.

9th : 10 pts.

10th : 5 pts.


2017 Teams Information

Joe Gibbs Racing


11 - Denny Hamlin

18 - Erik Jones

19 - Carl Edwards

20 - Matt Kenseth

Hendrick Motorsports


5 - Kasey Kahne

24 - Chase Elliott

48 - Jimmie Johnson

88 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Penske Racing


2 - Brad Keselowski

12 - Ryan Blaney

22 - Joey Logano

Roush Fenway Racing


6 - Trevor Bayne

16 - Ryan Reed

17 - Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

99 - Darrell Wallace Jr.

Stewart-Haas Racing


00 - Cole Custer

4 - Kevin Harvick

10 - Jeb Burton

Richard Childress Racing


3 - Austin Dillon

8 - Ty Dillon

27 - Brian Scott

31 - Ryan Newman

Richard Petty Motorsports


43 - Martin Truex Jr.

45 - David Ragan

Chip Ganassi Racing


1 - Sam Hornish Jr.

40 - Chris Buescher

42 - Kyle Larson

Furniture Row Racing


78 - Kyle Busch

Micheal Waltrip Racing


15 - Clint Bowyer

55 - Dylan Kwanseneski

66 - John Nemecheck

JTG Daughtery Racing


47 - AJ Allmendinger

57 - Casey Mears

Parsons-Leavine Family Racing


95 - Cole Whitt

98 - Josh Wise/Micheal McDowell

Front Row Motorsports


34 - Greg Biffle

35 - Landon Cassill/Aric Almirola

Wood Brothers Racing

21 - Ben Kennedy

2017 Mobil 1 Cup Series Season Schedule








Feb. 26th, 2017

2 PM on FOX

Carl Edwards



Mar. 5th, 2017

1 PM on FOX

Kasey Kahne



Mar. 19th, 2017

2 PM on FOX

Jimmie Johnson


North Wilkesboro

Mar. 26th, 2017

2 PM on FOX

Dale Earnhardt Jr.



Apr. 1st , 2017

7 PM on FOX

Carl Edwards



Apr. 9th, 2017

2 PM on FOX

Matt Kenseth



Apr. 16th, 2017

1 PM on FOX

Kyle Larson



Apr. 30th, 2017

1 PM on FOX

Brad Keselowski



May 7th, 2017

12 PM on FS1

Kyle Larson



May 14th, 2017

1 PM on FOX

Sam Hornish Jr.



May 28th, 2017

6 PM on FOX



June 4th, 2017

2 PM on FS1



June 11th, 2017

1 PM on FS1



June 18th, 2017

2 PM on FS1


Las Vegas

June 24th, 2017

7 PM on FOX



July 1st, 2017

7 PM on NBC



July 9th, 2017

12 PM on NBCSN



July 23rd, 2017




July 30th, 2017




Aug. 6th, 2017

1 PM on NBC


New Hampshire

Aug. 20th, 2017



Watkins Glen

Aug. 27th, 2017




Sep. 2nd, 2017

7 PM on NBC



Sep. 10th, 2017

1 PM on NBC



Sep. 24th, 2017

12 PM on NBC



Oct. 1st, 2017

2 PM on NBC



Oct. 8th, 2017

3 PM on NBC



Oct. 21st, 2017

7 PM on NBC

NASCAR Mobil 1 Cup Series 2017 Season Race by Race Summary

RACE 1 of 28 : DAYTONA

Daytona 500

Laps : 200

Time and TV : February 26th, 2017 at 2 PM (FOX)

Top 10 Finishers

  1. Carl Edwards (8th)
  2. Chase Elliott (3rd)
  3. Matt Kenseth (1st)
  4. Jeb Burton (32nd)
  5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (4th)
  6. Kyle Busch (15th)
  7. John Nemecheck (29th)
  8. Brad Keselowski (18th)
  9. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (20th)
  10. Jimmie Johnson (29th)

Top 10 Points Standings

  1. Carl Edwards : 50 pts.
  2. Chase Elliott : 45 pts.
  3. Matt Kenseth : 40 pts.
  4. Jeb Burton : 35 pts.
  5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 30 pts.
  6. Kyle Busch : 25 pts.
  7. John Nemecheck : 20 pts.
  8. Brad Keselowski : 15 pts.
  9. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. : 10 pts.
  10. Jimmie Johnson : 5 pts.

The race was exciting all the way through as Carl Edwards was pushed by teammate Matt Kenseth to get by Chase Elliott on the final lap. The margin of victory was .04 of a second, becoming an instant classic Daytona 500. There were four cautions for 16 laps, two for minor spins, one for debris and the 'Big One' that occurred on lap 187, collecting 13 cars. Drivers such as Kyle Larson, David Ragan, Ben Kennedy, Clint Bowyer, and Casey Mears were involved. The race to the finish was one of the most exciting in history. Carl Edwards would win the 59th Daytona 500, also his first Daytona 500 win.

RACE 2 of 28 : ATLANTA

Dixie 400 by Interstate Batteries

Laps : 267

Time and TV : March 5th, 2017 at 1 PM (FOX)

Top 10 Finishers

  1. Kasey Kahne (7th)
  2. Sam Hornish Jr. (19th)
  3. Denny Hamlin (11th)
  4. Brad Keselowski (1st)
  5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (6th)
  6. Chase Elliott (8th)
  7. Carl Edwards (22nd)
  8. Austin Dillon (28th)
  9. Kyle Busch (15th)
  10. Kyle Larson (12th)

Top 10 Points Standings

  1. Carl Edwards : 70 pts. (1 win)
  2. Chase Elliott : 70 pts.
  3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. : 60 pts.
  4. Kasey Kahne : 50 pts. (1 win)
  5. Brad Keselowski : 50 pts.
  6. Sam Hornish Jr. : 45 pts.
  7. Matt Kenseth : 40 pts. (More laps led)
  8. Denny Hamlin : 40 pts.
  9. Kyle Busch : 35 pts. (2 top 10's)
  10. Jeb Burton : 35 pts.

The Dixie 400 was a hectic race as many teams struggled with tire issues as the track ate up the tires quickly. Many drivers could not handle their cars in the corners during practice, and in the race, some drivers would lose control of their cars and spin. Brad Keselowski started the race on the pole and would lead most of the race until 20 to go when a late race pit stop penalty halted their chances at the win. Keselowski would come out in 13th but would rebound for a 4th place position. The new leaders after the #2 team mishap were Kasey Kahne and Sam Hornish Jr. Kahne held a one second lead with 10 laps left until Sam Hornish Jr. would cut the lead down to half a car length with two laps remaining. Kasey would hold off a pesky Hornish Jr. for the win. The 2016 Sprint Cup Champion, who had no wins, won a race. Hornish Jr. also gave a good showing after a blown engine at Daytona a week earlier.


Carolina 300 by Subway

Laps : 300

Time and TV : March 19th, 2017 at 2 PM (FOX)

Top 10 Finishers

  1. Jimmie Johnson (10th)
  2. Brad Keselowski (5th)
  3. Kyle Larson (1st)
  4. Carl Edwards (13th)
  5. Denny Hamlin (8th)
  6. Ryan Reed (28th)
  7. Chase Elliott (6th)
  8. Darrell Wallace Jr. (15th)
  9. Kasey Kahne (2nd)
  10. Sam Hornish Jr. (23rd)

Top 10 Points Standings

  1. Carl Edwards : 105 pts. (1 win)
  2. Brad Keselowski : 95 pts.
  3. Chase Elliott : 90 pts.
  4. Denny Hamlin : 70 pts.
  5. Kasey Kahne : 60 pts. (1 win)
  6. Dale Earnhardt Jr. : 60 pts.
  7. Jimmie Johnson : 55 pts. (1 win)
  8. Sam Hornish Jr. : 50 pts.
  9. Kyle Larson : 45 pts.
  10. Matt Kenseth : 40 pts.

In the triumphant return to Rockingham, the race did not disappoint. Kyle Larson started on the pole but fell back to 5th early while Brad Keselowski came to the lead. Jimmie Johnson would also come to the front and battle Keselowski for the lead. On lap 103, Joey Logano was pushed up into Ryan Newman by Dylan Kwanseneski. Newman mistook the accident and would later retaliate against the Logano on lap 234. Meanwhile, the front five cars of Keselowski, Johnson, Larson, Edwards and Hamlin would stay close to each other but single file. Another Logano-Newman incident that resulted in both cars being wrecked, provided a late race caution. With 8 laps to go, Johnson overtook Keselowski and Larson from third to become the new race leader. Johnson would go on to win the race by two car lengths over Keselowski. Also, Ryan Newman would confront Joey Logano in the garage area after the race. Push came to shove and Newman would get Logano in a head lock while the teams were engaged in a chaotic brawl. NASCAR officials and other nearby team crews would seperate the two. It was no accident, bad blood had spilled between the two. An exciting race was also complimented with a old fashion NASCAR style fight. While Johnson enjoyed the win, NASCAR would moniter and review the incident between the #22 and #31.


North Wilkesboro 400 by Goodyear

Laps : 400

Time and TV : March 26th, 2017 at 2 PM (FOX)

Top 10 Finishers

  1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (3rd)
  2. Chase Elliott (16th)
  3. Joey Logano (13th)
  4. Kyle Larson (7th)
  5. Kasey Kahne (1st)
  6. Brad Keselowski (18th)
  7. Clint Bowyer (28th)
  8. Kyle Busch (21st)
  9. Sam Hornish Jr. (36th)
  10. Carl Edwards (9th)

Top 10 Points Standings

  1. Chase Elliott : 135 pts.
  2. Brad Keselowski : 120 pts.
  3. Carl Edwards : 110 pts. (1 win w/ 4 top 10's)
  4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. : 110 pts. (1 win)
  5. Kasey Kahne : 90 pts. (1 win)
  6. Kyle Larson : 80 pts.
  7. Denny Hamlin : 70 pts.
  8. Sam Hornish Jr. : 60 pts.
  9. Jimmie Johnson : 55 pts. (1 win)
  10. Kyle Busch : 50 pts.

In another return to another historical track, North Wilkesboro was an anticipated and emotional race. Kasey Kahne would lead the field to the green flag and took a commanding lead on teammates Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. On lap 57, Johnson would get caught up in a pile up with lap down cars that hindered his chances at the win. Denny Hamlin took the lead after pit stops and led most of the race until he would get a penalty on pit road for too fast exiting. The race would swing back to the Hendrick cars camp favor as Chase Elliott grabbed the lead on lap 322. In a exciting show, Dale Earnhardt Jr. came through from 8th in the final 50 laps to battle with the second year driver. With 15 to go, Earnhardt and Joey Logano, who was caught up in the dust of last week's post race activities with Ryan Newman, stuck onto Chase Elliott's back bumper and the 88 would pass the 24 for the lead. Logano and Elliott battled for second while Earnhardt Jr. captured the victory by one second. Elliott would fend off Logano for second. It was an emotional win for Earnhardt Jr. since his late father, Dale Earnhardt Sr. won five times at the track, and because Jr. won in the return to North Wilkesboro, it was a more than special win.


Richmond 300 by Miller Lite

Laps : 300

Time and TV : April 1st, 2017 at 7 PM (FOX)

Top 10 Finishers

  1. Carl Edwards (17th)
  2. Kyle Larson (9th)
  3. Denny Hamlin (5th)
  4. Chase Elliott (1st)
  5. Matt Kenseth (13th)
  6. Jimmie Johnson (20th)
  7. Kyle Busch (7th)
  8. Brad Keselowski (14th)
  9. Erik Jones (27th)
  10. Darrel Wallace Jr. (22nd)

Top 10 Points Standings

  1. Chase Elliott : 170 pts.
  2. Carl Edwards : 160 pts. (2 wins)
  3. Brad Keselowski : 135 pts.
  4. Kyle Larson : 125 pts.
  5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. : 110 pts. (1 win)
  6. Denny Hamlin : 110 pts.
  7. Kasey Kahne : 90 pts. (1 win)
  8. Jimmie Johnson : 80 pts. (1 win)
  9. Kyle Busch : 70 pts. (4 Top 10's)
  10. Matt Kenseth : 70 pts.

In the fifth race of the young season, gambles by a few teams would prove costly late in the race. The race began as Chase Elliott and Kevin Harvick led the field to the green. Elliott and Harvick fought back and forth for the lead most of the first 150 laps. Harvick would get shuffled back on a mid race restart. Edwards, who started the race in 17th would slowly emerge from behind as the race went along and was second with 40 laps remaining. Kevin Harvick, running a different strategy, had fought his way back to the lead with low fuel. With two laps to go, Harvick was leading as his fuel ran out. Right into the lead, came Carl Edwards with Kyle Larson right behind him. Edwards won the race, his second on the season. Yet, in the points standings, Edwards still trailed Elliott by 10 points.

RACE 6 of 28 : TEXAS

Lone Star 500 by Duck Commander

Laps : 325

Time and TV : April 9th, 2017 at 2 PM (FOX)

Top 10 Finishers

  1. Matt Kenseth (13th)
  2. Brad Keselowski (29th)
  3. Kevin Harvick (3rd)
  4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (1st)
  5. Greg Biffle (5th)
  6. Carl Edwards (9th)
  7. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (3rd)
  8. Chase Elliott (11th)
  9. Darrell Wallace Jr. (20th)
  10. Kyle Larson (22nd)

Top 10 Points Standings

  1. Carl Edwards : 185 pts. (2 wins)
  2. Chase Elliott : 185 pts.
  3. Brad Keselowski : 180 pts.
  4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. : 150 pts. (1 win)
  5. Kyle Larson : 130 pts.
  6. Matt Kenseth : 120 pts. (1 win)
  7. Denny Hamlin : 110 pts.
  8. Kasey Kahne : 90 pts. (1 win)
  9. Jimmie Johnson : 80 pts. (1 win)
  10. Kyle Busch : 70 pts.

In a Lone Star shootout, Matt Kenseth shined as the lone wolf who worked his way to the lead from 13th. Kenseth simply dominated by leading 268 of the 325 laps. Harvick and Keselowski battled for second most of the day while points leader Chase Elliott stayed relevant but never in the top 5. At the end of the race, Kenseth won by over two seconds and Carl Edwards tied Elliott in the points standings, but had the tiebreaker for the lead with his two wins to Elliott's zero. Keselowski also made a big jump in the points, closing a 25 point gap to only 5, behind the leaders.

RACE 7 of 28 : BRISTOL

Tennessee 400 by Food City

Laps : 400

Time and TV : April 16th, 2017 at 1 PM (FOX)

Top 10 Finishers

  1. Kyle Larson (1st)
  2. Kyle Busch (17th)
  3. Joey Logano (6th)
  4. Kevin Harvick (26th)
  5. Brad Keselowski (10th)
  6. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (8th)
  7. Denny Hamlin (11th)
  8. Carl Edwards (38th)
  9. Sam Hornish Jr. (22nd)
  10. Chase Elliott (2nd)


  1. Brad Keselowski : 210 pts.
  2. Carl Edwards : 200 pts. (2 wins)
  3. Chase Elliott : 190 pts.
  4. Kyle Larson : 180 pts. (1 win)
  5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. : 175 pts. (1 win)
  6. Denny Hamlin : 130 pts.
  7. Matt Kenseth : 120 pts. (1 win)
  8. Kyle Busch : 115 pts.
  9. Kasey Kahne : 90 pts. (1 win)
  10. Jimmie Johnson : 80 pts. (1 win)
  11. Joey Logano : 80 pts.
  12. Kevin Harvick : 75 pts.
  13. Sam Hornish Jr. : 70 pts.
  14. Jeb Burton : 35 pts.
  15. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. : 30 pts. (2 Top 10's)
  16. Greg Biffle : 30 pts.
  17. Darrell Wallace Jr. : 25 pts. (3 Top 10's)
  18. Ryan Reed : 25 pts.
  19. Clint Bowyer : 20 pts. (More laps led)
  20. John Nemecheck : 20 pts.
  21. Austin Dillon : 15 pts.
  22. Erik Jones : 10 pts.

-NOTE : Some drivers haven't yet logged points so they are not in the points standings list.-

In the race that marked one-fourth of the season through, it came down to a thrilling finish. Kyle Larson was in the top five all day and led a race high 209 laps. Joey Logano led the race with 100 laps to go but Kyle Larson was not going to be denied the win. As the laps wound down, Larson rode behind Logano's bumper only to do the famous Bristol "Bump and Run". Larson got a bit too much of Logano and nearly spun him letting Kyle Busch get by for second while Larson barely grabbed the win. The points standings saw a change as Brad Keselowski moved up from third to the lead, having a ten point advantage over Edwards. Elliott's tenth place finish and five points dropped him to third, twenty points behind the lead. Kyle Larson, with his win, moved to fourth and thirty points behind the lead.

RACE 8 of 28 : IOWA

Iowa 350 by Nationwide

Laps : 400

Time and TV : April 30th, 2017 at 1 PM (FOX)

Top 10 Finishers

  1. Brad Keselowksi (13th)
  2. Sam Hornish Jr. (10th)
  3. Chase Elliott (24th)
  4. Carl Edwards (7th)
  5. Jimmie Johnson (1st)
  6. Kyle Larson (9th)
  7. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (4th)
  8. Darrell Wallace Jr. (11th)
  9. Jimmie Johnson (22nd)
  10. Ryan Reed (6th)

Top 10 Points Standings

  1. Brad Keselowski : 260 pts. (1 win)
  2. Carl Edwards : 235 pts. (2 wins)
  3. Chase Elliott : 230 pts.
  4. Kyle Larson : 205 pts. (1 win)
  5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. : 175 pts. (1 win)
  6. Denny Hamlin : 130 pts.
  7. Matt Kenseth : 120 pts. (1 win)
  8. Sam Hornish Jr. : 115 pts. (2 Top 5's)
  9. Kyle Busch : 115 pts.
  10. Jimmie Johnson : 90 pts. (1 win w/ 4 Top 10's)

The inaugural race at Iowa was quite the race, especially for race winner Brad Keselowski. The #2 started in 13th place but fell back quickly. On lap 78, he was lapped by the leaders of Carl Edwards and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. A lucky dog and some pit road adjustments made his car better. By lap 180, he was in the top 10 and moving his way quickly through the pack. As the race grew longer, Keselowski's car became stronger. On lap 324, a caution and great pit stop put the #2 in 2nd. After the restart, he was shuffled back to 11th. He made his moves swiftly and hastily. With under 15 to go, he was right behind Sam Hornish Jr., and with 5 to go, he made his winning move. He pulled beside the #1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevy of Hornish Jr. and won the race, widening his points lead to 25 points over Edwards.

RACE 9 of 28 : CHICAGO

Chicagoland 400 by Sears

Laps : 267

Time and TV : May 7th, 2017 at 12 PM (FS1)

Top 10 Finishers

  1. Kyle Larson (19th)
  2. Chase Elliott (3rd)
  3. Greg Biffle (9th)
  4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (1st)
  5. Joey Logano (11th)
  6. Kasey Kahne (5th)
  7. Carl Edwards (2nd)
  8. Denny Hamlin (13th)
  9. Sam Hornish Jr. (20th)
  10. Brad Keselowski (7th)

Top 10 Points Standings

  1. Chase Elliott : 275 pts.
  2. Brad Keselowski : 265 pts. (1 win)
  3. Kyle Larson : 255 pts. (2 wins)
  4. Carl Edwards : 255 pts. (2 wins)
  5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. : 210 pts. (1 win)
  6. Denny Hamlin : 145 pts.
  7. Sam Hornish Jr. : 125 pts.
  8. Matt Kenseth : 120 pts. (1 win)
  9. Kasey Kahne : 115 pts. (1 win)
  10. Kyle Busch : 115 pts.

An early high noon race in Chicago was quite eventful. Pole sitter Dale Earnhardt Jr. led the race early but slowly fell back as the race came to Kyle Larson's favor. Earnhardt Jr. held on for a fourth place finish while Chase Elliott made his way up to the front to battle Larson for the win. The new future stars of NASCAR gave a good show in the final 50 laps. They wouldn't stay side by side much but Elliott kept knocking on the door of passing Larson. Eventually, Chase pushed the car too far coming out of turn four with five laps remaining and Larson ran away with the win with Elliott holding his ground for second. A dark horse emerged as well in Greg Biffle who finished third. The points saw a shake up as Chase Elliott recaptured the lead with Brad Keselowski, who finished tenth, fell to second and ten points behind. Larson also closed a big gap between him and the leaders as he tied Carl Edwards in points but with him (Larson) having the more recent win, gives him the tiebreaker.


Brickyard 400

Laps : 160

Time and TV : May 14th, 2017 at 1 PM (FOX)

Top 10 Finishers

  1. Sam Hornish Jr. (8th)
  2. Kevin Harvick (1st)
  3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (15th)
  4. Darrell Wallace Jr. (9th)
  5. Joey Logano (7th)
  6. Kyle Larson (4th)
  7. Austin Dillon (11th)
  8. Carl Edwards (19th)
  9. Brad Keselowski (11th)
  10. Chase Elliott (2nd)

Top 10 Points Standings

  1. Kyle Larson : 280 pts. (2 wins)
  2. Chase Elliott : 280 pts.
  3. Carl Edwards : 270 pts. (2 wins)
  4. Brad Keselowski : 270 pts. (1 win)
  5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. : 250 pts. (1 win)
  6. Sam Hornish Jr. : 175 pts. (1 win)
  7. Denny Hamlin : 145 pts.
  8. Joey Logano : 140 pts.
  9. Kevin Harvick : 120 pts.
  10. Kasey Kahne : 115 pts. (1 win)

On Mothers' Day 2017, NASCAR took to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Brickyard 400. The race saw three time IndyCar champion and 2006 Indianapolis 500 winner Sam Hornish Jr. win the race. The race began a bit late as rain delayed the green flag. Pole sitter Kevin Harvick led the race for the first 50 laps until Chase Elliott, who was in the hunt for his first win of the season quickly came to the helm. A few more scattered showers around the track prompted NASCAR to delay the race once again but the race would continue. After resuming, Elliott struggled and fell back while Sam Hornish Jr., who was quietly in the top five all day went to the lead. On lap 148, another rainstorm came through and the day was getting darker. With no lighting system around IMS, and since the race was past half distance, NASCAR called the race with Sam Hornish Jr. as the winner.

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